By Working with Egypt to Send Natural Gas to Lebanon, the U.S. Helps Iran

Sept. 1 2021

Two weeks ago, the American ambassador to Beirut confirmed that Washington is working to make possible the delivery of Egyptian natural gas and Jordanian electricity via Syria to Lebanon, which is suffering from an acute fuel shortage. The Biden administration appears to believe that by doing so the U.S. can compete with Iran—and its proxy, Hizballah—for influence over Lebanon. But, Tony Badran argues, Iranian influence is too deeply entrenched for such a move to make a difference; in fact, it will only make the situation worse:

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More about: Eygpt, Hizballah, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, U.S. Foreign policy

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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Read more at Australia/Israel Review

More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy